The primary duty of the Saratoga County Planning Department is assisting the county’s 19 towns, 2 cities, and 9 villages in the administration of their land-use ordinances as effectively as possible. The Planning Department and Planning Board always strive to strike a balance between the interests of the public and the rights of private property owners. One of its primary roles is to provide technical assistance in the area of planning and zoning to local legislative boards, planning and zoning boards of appeals and building inspectors, attorneys and planners involved in the land development process.
Under General Municipal Law Section 239, the county planning board has jurisdictional review of subdivisions and zoning actions that are located within 500 feet of state or county right-of-way, municipal boundary, or located in an agricultural district. In its review the county planning board must, by law, consider the compatibility of various land uses with one another; the effect of traffic generation on other land uses; the adequacy of existing and proposed thoroughfare facilities; impact of proposed land uses on existing and proposed private or municipal uses. The protection of community appearance and character, as regards to predominant land uses, population density, and the relation between residential and non-residential areas is also considered. Another important responsibility is the review of official development policies as may be expressed through comprehensive plans, capital programs, or regulatory measures.